Sunday Brunch Specials for March 13, 2016: Great Reads from This Week


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Welcome to the Sunday Brunch! We’re serving up a buffet of articles from the past week. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in to enjoy some great reads.

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Ellen Mongan, Sterling Jaquith, and Erika Marie chat about Marriage, how we grow in holiness, avoid or get out of the pitfalls, and stay accountable to each other by keeping a daily “Measure of Marriage.”
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Catholic Conference 4 Moms

Read reflections on some of the CC4M presentations by writers and learn how you can access the videos for the entire online conference throughout the remainder of Lent.
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Meatless Friday with CRS Rice Bowl: Bean Soup with Squash and Rice

This Lent, is partnering with CRS Rice Bowl in a special way, sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Today, Abbey Dupuy samples Bean Soup with Squash and Rice, a recipe from Honduras.

“God has not called me to success, but to faithfulness”

Armed with Mother Teresa’s commission to be faithful, Celeste Zepponi urges us to clothe ourselves with Christ’s LOVE as we approach our commission to participate in the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Who Are Perpetua and Felicity?

You’ve heard the names Perpetua and Felicity in our litanies for years, but do you know their story? Jane Korvemaker dives into their astonishing lives and their choices that have truly made them saints.

Can’t go away on retreat this Lent? Try this stay-at-home multi-media retreat, “A Journey Within”

Can’t go away on retreat this Lent? Susan Bailey presents this multi-media stay-at-home retreat featuring a podcast, music, videos and downloadable handouts.

Try Luke!

As part of their Lenten observance, Michael Carrillo and his wife are reading the Gospel of Luke. Michael provides ideas on what helps him reflect upon the readings and how Luke is influencing his family’s Lent.

Book Notes: Let’s Pray the Rosary and Junípero Serra (Ignatius Press)

Stuart Dunn reviews two books for children, both with the same talented illustrator: Let’s Pray the Rosary and Junípero Serra, an easy-to-read biography.

A visit to the shrine honoring Saint Katharine Drexel

While Pat Gohn was in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families last fall, she visited the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel. In honor of the saint’s feast on March 3, Pat shares a photo diary of her trip to the shrine.

Friendship’s True Function

Elizabeth Pardi observes that friendship in the sense of companionship is one thing. Friendship that has one person surrendering her own comfort and well-being for the sake of the other is a whole new ballgame.

Our Father’s House

Nicole Johnson reflects on the love and shelter afforded to each one of us as Jesus’ adopted sons and daughters in the light of her own daughter’s adoption story.

When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding

In “When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding,” Jeff Cavins tackles the difficult question of why a good God allows us to suffer and what we can do to make that suffering have value in our lives. Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur discusses the highlights of the book.

The Day We Almost Prayed Together

Grace Mazza Urbanski writes a moving letter to a man she met on the plane who taught her something beautiful about how prayer heals relationships.

Real Treasure and a Map

Treasure hunting is exciting! But the treasure Judith Costello used to put inside her special boxes was often a letdown. Now, she encourages young people to get excited about heavenly treasure!

A Cinema Novena with the film Young Messiah

Join us for the first-ever online Cinema Novena to St. Joseph with the film Young Messiah for prayer and catechesis.

The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome

Melanie Jean Juneau observes, “It is not easy to let go of control because I am naturally wired to act just like a vacuum cleaner, sucking up all my children’s pain.” Do you have Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome too?

Tech Talk: Is there a Cure for FOMO?

Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS admits that her use of some social media can border on the compulsive. What do you do to alleviate your fear of missing out?


Is there a theme of healing in the Gospels? Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp examines the ways in which Jesus is a healer.

Preparing for Mass with The Mass Box for Children!

Sterling Jaquith reviews The Mass Box, which focuses on preparing your kids for Mass and celebrating the liturgical season.


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Copyright 2016 Barb Szyszkiewicz


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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